Sometimes I forget that when the beautysphere is giving out 5 star reviews and “loving” certain new products, that the majority of the journalists/bloggers/reviewers involved are a lot younger than me and these products aren’t great for my more mature/dry skin. However, I generally get wrapped up in all the adulation and end up spending my hard earned cash on said product.
This is the case with Lixirskin’s soft clay rubber.
I’ve done a previous blog on Lixirskin’s electrogel cleanser and vitamin C products and thought they were great, but not every product from a skincare range will suit everyone.
So what is it? Soft Clay Rubber (£28 for 60ml) is a rub-off formula that combines enzymatic and mechanical exfoliation. Keratolytic enzymes break down the keratin of dead cells that blocks pores. This then allows the white clay to clear congestion, draw out impurities and reduce excess sebum. The product dries and turns into a non-abrasive, mechanical exfoliant – the more you rub, the more dead cells you get rid of. They recommend using once or twice a week, it can also be used as a mask and left on for 5 minutes before rinsing off.
I thought the Soft Clay Rubber would suit me as it is an exfoliant without any bits. I used the product for the first time following the instructions carefully, it’s full of active ingredients and you can really feel it working. Generally I like that feeling, but this was bordering on being painful. I started to rub the product off as it says you should but my skin was screaming at me that it didn’t like it at all. I rinsed the product straight off as gently as I could. I’ve only ever had this reaction to a product once before and that was with Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, which is only one of the best selling cleansers ever, but was no good for me!
I’m always recommending that you get a sample before investing in a product, obviously I should have taken my own advice and asked for a sample and done a patch test first!
So I’m donating the Lixirskin soft clay rubber to a much younger work colleague with “problem skin” and I’m sure they will love it (after doing a patch test!), but it’s not for me!
Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol , Behenyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Laurate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Protease, Subtilisin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Mica, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).